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Detroit at Boston

W: D. Wells (2-2) L: J. Verlander (14-6)
S: J. Papelbon (32)
HR: DET - M. Ordonez (17), B. Clevlen (3)   BOS - D. Ortiz (42)

Ortiz hits league-leading 42nd home run, BoSox avoid sweep to Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox didn't want to ruin their day off with another off night before the Yankees come to town.

David Ortiz hit his major league-leading 42nd home run and David Wells pitched into the seventh, helping the Red Sox avoid a sweep against Detroit with a 6-4 win on Wednesday night.

Coco Crisp put the Red Sox on top with a two-run double in the sixth for Boston, which had dropped the first two games of the series to the Tigers.

Boston's win and a 3-2 victory by the Baltimore Orioles over New York sliced the Yankees' AL East lead to two games.

The Red Sox and Yankees open a five-game series on Friday.

"This is a big relief for us," Red Sox catcher Javy Lopez said. "We're looking forward to Friday."

Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Justin Verlander (14-6) into the Red Sox bullpen in the fifth to give Boston a 3-1 lead. He also leads the majors in RBI with 113.

Magglio Ordonez and Brent Clevlen homered for the Tigers.

Wells (2-2), making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list July 31, gave up four runs on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

With Boston's starters struggling to make it past six innings the past few weeks, Wells performance was timely.

"He just quieted things down a little bit," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "The magnitude of any game isn't too big for him, and he just goes out and competes and throws what he throws for strikes. When he's healthy enough to do it, he's pretty good."

Craig Hansen got four outs and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.

Verlander failed in his bid to tie Toronto's Roy Halladay for the major-league lead with 15 wins. The rookie right-hander allowed five runs on six hits in six innings, with a career-high seven walks and two strikeouts.

Verlander had to rely too much on his fastball without having control of his breaking pitches.

"It's not very often that he doesn't have command of either his curve or the changeup," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He just didn't have good feel for either one."

The Tigers had grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Red Sox came back with a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

Mike Lowell walked, Javy Lopez singled and Alex Cora walked to load the bases before Crisp doubled off the Green Monster. Cora was cut down at the plate on a long throw by left fielder Craig Monroe to end the inning.

"Sometimes you don't have it," Verlander said. "I felt like I battled pretty good. I couldn't make that pitch and Crisp hit it off the wall."

Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, the Tigers scored three runs off Wells. Ordonez opened the inning with a homer into the seats above the Green Monster. Two outs later, Clevlen, recalled from Double-A on July 29, hit a two-run shot over the seats above the Monster.

"He's a guy that never gives up even though he gave up a couple of home runs," Lopez said of his batterymate.

Lowell's sacrifice fly off reliever Jason Grilli made it 6-4 in the seventh.

Plate umpire Bruce Froemming worked his 5,000th career game, becoming only the second umpire to reach that milestone. Bill Klem worked 5,374 games from 1905-40. Froemming was honored with a brief on-field ceremony and received a standing ovation before stepping to a microphone, thanking the fans and saying "Play ball."

The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third on Monroe's RBI single.

Boston tied it in the bottom of the inning without getting a hit on Mark Loretta's grounder to short.

"We're in a dogfight," said Lowell. "I'd much rather go into the off day with a victory. We played a good game, beat a good team."


  • The Red Sox are off Thursday and start the series against the Yankees with a day-night doubleheader on Friday.
  • Boston will send RHP Jason Johnson in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
  • Boston CF Crisp made a sliding catch of Inge's second-inning liner.
  • Detroit C Ivan Rodriguez had a 10-pitch at-bat before drawing a walk to open the game.
  • A member of the Carolina Hurricanes training staff brought the Stanley Cup with him to Fenway Park.
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David Ortiz shows the fans at Fenway Park some love after his two-run homer in the fifth inning.  (AP)
David Ortiz shows the fans at Fenway Park some love after his two-run homer in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Crisp
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

D. Ortiz
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Ivan Rodriguez, C4020110 .297
Craig Monroe, LF4031001 .279
Marcus Thames, DH4000015 .263
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111004 .297
Carlos Guillen, SS4020000 .306
Brandon Inge, 3B4110002 .243
Sean Casey, 1B4000002 .294
Brent Clevlen, CF3112001 .412
   a- Curtis Granderson, PH1000000 .272
Omar Infante, 2B4110020 .264
a-grounded out for Clevlen in the 9th
2B - Omar Infante (7, Wells)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (17, Wells), Brent Clevlen (3, Wells)
RBI - Craig Monroe (64), Magglio Ordonez (80), Brent Clevlen 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brent Clevlen 2 (3)
PK - Ivan Rodriguez (1, Wells)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 1
DP - Infante-Casey, Inge-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,14-6) 6655721 3.14
Jason Grilli 2211200 3.80
IBB - Ortiz by Justin Verlander
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 105-58, Jason Grilli 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 9-4, Jason Grilli 5-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 28, Jason Grilli 10
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF3022100 .281
Mark Loretta, 2B5111002 .303
David Ortiz, DH1212300 .286
Manny Ramirez, LF4010013 .320
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4020000 .293
Mike Lowell, 3B1101200 .283
Wily Mo Pena, RF4000004 .314
    Gabe Kapler, RF0000000 .241
Javy Lopez, C3210111 .265
Alex Cora, SS2000200 .278
2B - Coco Crisp (17, Verlander)
HR - David Ortiz (42, Verlander)
SF - Mike Lowell (5)
SH - Coco Crisp (4)
RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (26), Mark Loretta (46), David Ortiz 2 (113), Mike Lowell (60)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (12), David Ortiz 2 (40)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Loretta-Cora-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (W,2-2) 6.21044132 6.06
Craig Hansen (H,7) 1.1100000 5.02
Jonathan Papelbon (S,32) 1000010 0.89
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 90-64, Craig Hansen 13-7, Jonathan Papelbon 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 7-9, Craig Hansen 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - David Wells 30, Craig Hansen 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36304
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Paul Emmel